Bear Robotics

Bear Elective Adventure Requirements: Robotics

This is a preview of the changes to the Cub Scout program which go into effect on June 1 2015. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

Robotics is one of the Bear elective adventures. For the Robotics adventure, Bears investigate the many uses of robots and build their own robots.

The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Bears will receive a belt loop.

Requirements for the Robotics Bear Adventure

  1. Identify six tasks performed by robots.
  2. Learn about some instances where a robot could be used in place of a human for work. Research one robot that does this type of work, and present what you learn to your den.
  3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.
  4. Build your own robot.
  5. Visit a place that uses robots.
Get a printable checkoff list of these requirements for use with your den.

15 Responses to Bear Elective Adventure Requirements: Robotics

  1. Alix February 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM #

    Help, my sfriend n has completed all but the visit to a place that uses robots. I thought it would be easy to do that part but apparently it is harder than it seems. Has anyone done this visit, any suggestions on where to go? TIA

    • Scouter Mom February 17, 2016 at 8:25 AM #

      Check with your local council to see if they have a STEM coordinator. If so, he or she should have contacts in the area who will help you out and is Scout friendly. Or see if there is a local Robotics merit badge counselor who can make some suggestions. It depends on what you have in your area but manufacturing plants, labs, medical facilities are all possibilities.

    • Novalinda April 13, 2016 at 11:51 PM #

      We are planning to go through an automatic car wash with the boys.

    • Tiffany April 30, 2016 at 6:04 PM #

      We’re going to the Makers Faire. You can also check with your local high school or university to see if they have a robotics club.

      • Debbie January 19, 2017 at 7:22 AM #

        Would attending a Robotics competition count as a visit? I thought it would be great to support our HS Robotics team, as they came out to a Pack meeting to do a demonstration.

    • Maria February 23, 2017 at 3:52 PM #

      I’m looking into taking my boys to the Space Center. Not sure where you are at but maybe your area has a space program.

    • Darren March 20, 2017 at 3:18 PM #

      Look around at local manufacturing facilities. My company has robots in our injection molding area and in our R&D lab. That is where we are completing this requirement.

  2. Maggie McMahon May 2, 2016 at 1:09 PM #

    Are there any troops out there that completed the Bear Elective Robotics- making a robot hand? We are tackling this adventure soon and looking for any feedback or thoughts (both positive & negative) you may have. This elective is close to our den, as one of our boys was born with a limb difference. He was born without his right hand above the wrist. The boys will work together to create hands for four children they have never met and will assist in completing a fifth hand to give to their Cub Scout brother, through our partnership with e-NABLE. e-NABLE is a global network of volunteers who are using their 3D printers, design skills, and personal time to create free 3D printed prosthetic hands for those in need – with the goal of providing them to underserved populations around the world.

    We are super excited to get started with this project and would appreciate any input. Thank you!!

    • Michelle December 15, 2016 at 5:37 PM #

      Hi Maggie,

      We’d love to get involved with a project like this. How did your adventure go. Were the boys able to participate and make it happen?

  3. RWhetman October 23, 2016 at 4:16 AM #

    Wouldn’t Krispy Kreme be a good one? Watching the dough go from the raising oven to the hot oil and flip and be lifted out of the oil into a conveyer belt. That’s a robot job right?

  4. Michelle December 15, 2016 at 5:41 PM #

    Many hospitals have robots that help in surgery and do demonstrations and have video presentations on how this works.

  5. MANDY FOX January 2, 2017 at 7:47 PM #

    I took my boys to the local quilt shop. I know what your thinking, not exactly a boy place, but they had a great time. The owners showed the boys how to program cutting machines, embroidery machines, & the long arm. She sent each one home with a tee-shirt that they embroidered their name on. It was fun to watch the designs develop. Just an idea.

    • Hannah May 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM #

      Any chance this was in Houston? 🙂

  6. Steve February 10, 2017 at 1:10 AM #

    Any more you can just borrow someone’s roomba, no?

  7. Eric April 24, 2017 at 3:41 PM #

    We went to the machining lab at our local community college. Staff showed scouts a computer-controlled machine cutting parts out of aluminum and gave each of us an aluminum key fob with our pack number engraved on it. It was interesting, even for the adults.

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